Miss Quincy and The Showdown are a country-rock group that has clocked more time touring that almost any band we've met. Their rock n' roll attitude, amazing musicianship, mixed with frontwoman Jody Peck's sultry vocals makes this band a tough competitor. We spoke to Jody about tour life, their experience with PPP 2014, their latest album Roadside Recovery, and more!
G: How did 'The Showdown' come to join Miss Quincy?
J: The showdown happened about 3 years ago when I decided I wanted to play music with other women. We were touring really hard at the time, on the road for months and months and were becoming a rock n' roll band because that's what happens when you live on the road and play a different bar in a different town every night. The acoustic guitar was the first thing to go because I hate how it sounds through a shitty PA system. The songs started getting louder because we were doing what unknown bands do all the time, trying to be heard.
G: What can someone expect from a Miss Quincy and The Showdown concert?
J: Come ready to have a good time, come to dance, come to be entertained, come to feel something in your body. I hear about hook ups at Miss Quincy shows all the time, and I love that. People are feeling something and isn't that what we're all just trying to do?
G: Since becoming a full band, how do you feel your creative potential, and process, has changed?
J: The Showdown has had many incarnations over the years and each person adds something to the overall dynamic. We try and work with each person's strengths and feature them wherever possible. Right now we're having a lot of fun singing together and working out vocal arrangements which is one of my favourite things. We like having other rockin' ladies guest play with us for different shows which keeps it fresh and fun.
G: What was it like recording Roadside Recovery? Was there a particular song you favored, or a particular story about recording you'd like to share?
J: We recorded Roadside Recovery in Vancouver during what we affectionately call the Jet Lag Sessions. The band had just returned from a 2 month European tour and went into the studio within hours of landing. We were in another dimension for all the bed tracks. We all have different foggy memories of those days in the studio, but we dug really deep and I think the rawness comes through. We had those songs under our fingers from so many live shows that they felt more alive than us.
G: What is one piece of advice you'd give to new musicians looking to tour?
J: Just get out and do it! When I started touring I thought I had to do these long ambitious tours. I've learned (after many years) that it isn't always the smartest course of action and that weekends out are usually the best way to get a taste of touring.
G: What tempted you to enter the Peak Performance Project?
J: I just saw the PPP as one of the many potential opportunities that independent musicians apply for and then forget about. I didn't actually think that I would be accepted. I certainly wasn't counting on being a part of it, and I had many other things planned that I had to reschedule such as a European tour and festivals.
G: Where do you see this competition taking you, regardless of if you win?
J: The whole experience of the PPP has gone beyond my expectations. I had no idea how much I would get out of the program, regardless of winning. The connections with other musicians and music industry pros, the seminars and education sessions, the publicity opportunities and support of the whole PPP has been really amazing. Combining everything I've learned and been given through the PPP with all the years that I've been grassroots building my band, I'm definitely coming away with a more complete set of tools to succeed in this industry.
G: Do you have a favourite moment from this competition you'd like to share?
J: Bootcamp in general was a pretty great time. All the connections with other bands from BC and Alberta, as well as the faculty, for one week living in a music infused wilderness camp. It was like living in rock n' roll utopia for just the right amount of time.
G: What are 5 things the band can't live without?
J: We're all about comfort on the road: Coffee, sleep, slippers, booze, and our own pillows.
G: Where can expect to see Miss Quincy and The Showdown in one year?
J: Festival stages across Canada, come party with us next summer!
G: And finally, in your opinion, what is something you'd like to see changed about the music industry in Canada? And, what is one thing you think is really strong about our music scene?
J: I would like to see federal and provincial support for the arts instead of budget cuts.
I think that Canada has great festivals. Some of the festivals that I have been performing at for years have such a strong sense of community. Festivals have really breathed life into many small Canadian towns and play a major role in supporting the art scenes in the whole country. People work hard all year to create a weekend full of inspiration, music and community. Debauchery, art, sleeplessness, music and the meeting of creative people - what's not to love about that.
G: We can't wait to see what comes next! Thanks, Jody!